Michal has lived at the BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz since 2011. Previously, he had lived under catastrophic circumstances at the zoo in Braniewo (Poland). There, he had lived in a concrete pit measuring only 60 square meters since his birth. He lost his right foreleg in a fight with another bear. In forlorn search of an escape, he spent entire days at the Braniewo Zoo limping around in a circle.

It is clear to see that Michal feels at home here in the sanctuary, he has truly blossomed since he came to us. He likes bathing, excavating caverns, and wandering at large. Exactly as it should be for a bear! His physical disability seems to present him with no particular problems.

Straight away in his first winter here, Michal found an unusual location for his hibernation. he discovered the box which was used as the recovery room for newly operated bears. He relaxed on soft straw where, through a small window, he could watch the care workers in the interior of the building.


In the first winter in the sanctuary, Michal looked for a cave in a special kind: He discovered the box which is used for bears after an operation. There he slept on straw and watched the keepers working in the building. 

Since spring 2013 he shares an enclosure with Tapsi. They get on well with each other and they do not argue about the food. Michal und Tapsi are like an old married couple and Tapsi rules the roost.   


Translated by Bryan Daniels, Kirchenstraße 14, 17213 Malchow

Michal likes to wander through his big enclosure.
© FOUR PAWS / Mihai Vasile



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